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New multipurpose platform in Vado Ligure

The port area of Vado Ligure is one of the most important Italian port terminals. The new multi-functional platform will rearrange the bulk cargo terminal, the two jetties for unloading petroleum products and will include the construction of a new container terminal.

Location: Vado Ligure, Italy.

Client: Savona Port Authority.

Cost of total Works: 350,000,000.00 €

Services: Environmental Impact Assessment.

Period: 12/2008 – on going

The EIA has been divided into three frameworks:

  • Design framework;
  • Planning framework;
  • Environmental framework.


The design framework describes in detail the project. The main project actions have been analyzed for both the construction and operation phases in order to highlight the main interactions between the work and the context. Since the early stages of drafting of the EIA, agreements with local authorities have been undertaken.
In the planning framework, the possible interferences between the platform and the requirements and constraints contained in the territorial planning programs have been analyzed.
In the environmental framework, an accurate description of the current state of the environment has been performed. In addition, the assessment of potential impacts generated during the construction and operation phase has been carried out.
The description of the base conditions includes: air quality and climate weather conditions, coastal waters (waves and currents, hydrodynamics, sediment transport, quality), soil and subsoil (geology and geomorphology, soil quality and sediment quality), flora and fauna, landscape, archaeological, noise and vibration, economic and social aspects.
A modeling and numerical approach has been used to study and describe the effects of the new infrastructure. Then, the analysis of the variation of the environmental conditions has been carried out.
Key environmental aspects under study were:

  • Detailed study of the seabed with quality analysis of the sediments in order to assess the risk of reuse of the dredging material;
  • Modeling simulation of the hydrodynamic condition with particular attention to the variation of the coastal circulation and possible effects on the shoreline;
  • Inclusion of the new platform into the landscape considering the master plan for the new waterfront.


In order to examine in depth the knowledge of the environmental conditions, specific investigations have been carried out. Field tests have been carried out in order to study the effects of the dredging activities, with particular attention to the resuspension of contaminated sediments. The results have been used to develop a standard operating procedure to be followed during the construction phase, in accordance with the environmental authorities.
Following the assessment process, mitigation measures useful to minimize the effects of the work on the environment have been taken into account.
Special attention has been paid to minimize the impact on nearby beaches so as to avoid repercussions on the local economy and improve the acceptance of the work by the local population.
Furthermore, the environmental monitoring activities of the most critical components was planned in order to check the compliance with the EIA prescriptions.